Jersey travel guide

Weather & climate

Jersey has a similar climate to southern England with its hottest days in July and August. Often reaching over 25°C, this is the best time to take full advantage of its beautiful coast. In fact, this small island sees the most annual sunshine out of all its British Isle neighbours. Winters aren’t too harsh either, you can expect temperatures around the 9°C mark during January – the coldest month. This is also when you’ll experience increased rainfall.

Jersey is best for...

Water babies: Before the age of cheap European flights, Jersey was where wannabe surfers earned their stripes - which isn’t surprising with 45 miles of coastline! St Ouen’s is the best place to catch a wave but Bouley Bay takes the crown for scuba diving adventures. 

Country bumpkins: There’s plenty of ground to cover during your trip to Jersey. Home to  its fair share of rural charms, wander the many footpaths along its rocky headland or pack a picnic and head for its photogenic valleys and country lanes. 

Foodies: Lauded for its spuds, these home-grown delights are just one of the island’s gastronomic highlights. Seaside shacks serve the freshest crab and are perfect for casual sittings. But if you’re after a Michelin star experience, St Helier is home to one of the UK’s leading restaurants.

Fast facts

Language: The official language of Jersey is English, which is spoken by the majority of the country’s population. However, Jerriais is the native language. You may not hear people speaking it, but it’s still present across the island, mostly through road signs and streets names. 

Currency: The British Pound (GBP) is the official currency.

Local time: The time in Jersey is (GMT), the same time as the UK.

Fly to: The main airport is Jersey Airport (JER), which is found just north west of St Helier.

Flight time from UK: 1 hour

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at visit Jersey.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the government website.

 

Getting around

By hire car: There is one main benefit to car hire in Jersey: they drive on the left-hand side of the road.The main difference between driving in the UK and in Jersey is the traffic light sequence. There's no amber - just red and green. Those wanting to sort a rental before they travel, our car hire partners have got you covered. 

By bus: Buses run regularly, which means you can explore the island easily thanks to its compact size. Buy a ticket as you board or pay a little extra for a ‘hop on hop off’ pass

By bike: With clearly marked cycle lanes dotted across the island and plenty of rental shops, see Jersey’s scenic side from the seat of a bike. Or if you’d prefer someone else to lead the way, a guided cycling tour is a great way to tick off those must-see sights.

Events

Jersey Battle of the Flowers: Originally held in1902 to mark the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, this annual event takes place every August. It’s a flower-filled spectacle where you’ll find decorative floats competing for the top prize. There are also street performers and a moonlight parade the following evening.

International Air Display: September is a great time to visit Jersey if you want to see the famous Red Arrows fly over St Aubin’s Bay. Attracting tourists from all over the world, it is now one of the island’s most important events. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the World War 2 planes. 

Safety and Security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Jersey, please the local government website